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Summer Spark Academy

The Summer Spark Academy will take place June 24 - July 26, 2024

The Summer Spark Academy is Northern Kentucky University’s five-week summer bridge program that provides all incoming first-year students with the opportunity to acclimate to college while earning college credit, all before classes even start in the fall!

Registration for Summer 2024 is now OPEN. Check your email for the special invitation or register via the link down below.



Why Participate in the Summer Spark Academy?

“It has opened so many doors for me on campus, and it allowed me to get an insight to what college is really like.”

- 2016 Summer Spark participant

"This proved to be THE BEST decision for him and made all the difference with his start into college. As it happened, because of the individual attention and accessibility of the professors and tutors, my son was able to work ahead and complete all of the course requirements.”

- Parent of a Summer Spark student


Are you a student who wants to get a head-start transitioning into your first year of college by getting to know campus, meeting new people, and experiencing college first-hand? Or maybe you're a student who's a little nervous about college, and you want the opportunity to ease into your first year so you're ready for the start of classes? If you said "yes" to either of these, the Summer Spark Academy is designed just for you.


The Summer Spark Academy is purposefully designed to help students prepare for the rigors and pressures of college.

By participating in the Summer Spark Academy before your first semester at NKU, you’ll have the unique opportunity to:

  • Complete a course required for graduation with an NKU faculty member;
  • Receive up close and personal support by NKU faculty, staff, and your peers through small class sizes and peer-led academic study sessions;
  • Learn to navigate the structure and rigor of college;
  • Engage in valuable out-of-the-classroom programming geared to your academic success and personal development at NKU;
  • Build lasting relationships with your peers through campus and social activities;
  • Access all campus resources and services to help you smoothly transition into your first year of college; and
  • Experience all of this and more at a significantly reduced rate.


Who Can Participate in the Summer Spark Academy?

The Summer Spark Academy is open to ALL incoming first-year NKU students. We cater and customize the Summer Spark Academy courses and experiences around the student's pre-college coursework and major of interest. Regardless of high school grades and test scores, we will work with you to select courses that will best help you transition into NKU.

The Summer Spark Academy will take place on campus. Please note: University Housing is not available.



The cost for this year's Summer Spark Academy program will be $125.

This cost INCLUDES everything you will need for courses and all activities/experiences, including lunch on Wednesdays and campus parking.

All course credits earned during the Summer Spark Academy are applied to your NKU degree requirements!

Please note: Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify, but assistance is limited. Inquiries about financial assistance should be sent to


Courses and Schedule

The Summer Spark Academy will offer a choice between two courses for 2024. Depending on pre-college course work and major of interest, some students will be placed in the course that aligns with their academic success. The 2024 course offerings are as follows:

Morning Courses (9:00 – 11:00 a.m.)

  • ENG 101W: College Writing (4 credit hours), General Education Course - Study and practice of writing process and writing with attention to audience, purpose, and conventions appropriate to writing situation; use of workshop model for enhanced instruction in reading, writing, and analyzing a variety of texts, including written, digital, or visual.
  • LIN 175: Information Literacy (3 credit hours), General Education Course - A foundational course that introduces students to the cross-disciplinary skills needed to assess information needs, and access and evaluate information sources.

The Summer Spark Academy runs Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. - Noon (lunch is provided on Wednesdays as part of the cost to attend). There will be no classes on July 4 and 5.

Afterwards, students are free to work or engage in other summer activities, if needed. Students have the opportunity to meet with a tutor or their faculty before and after the program, as well.



Registration is now open! Click here to register!



If you have any questions, please email us at or call 859-572-5220 or 1-800-637-9948.



Summer Spark Track and Cost




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